Environmental Safety & Assessment

  • Environmental Safety & Assessment Department:

    The responsibility of this department is to coordinate the District's efforts to ensure regulatory compliance with the many regulated systems throughout the District. Below is a partial list of systems covered.

    • Activities to ensure compliance with Backflow Prevention / Cross Connection Control regulations
    • Activities to develop, coordinate and complete Backflow Prevention assembly retro-fit of applicable existing facilities.
    • Perform fire sprinkler system testing and coordination of repairs to fire sprinkler systems.
    • Perform backflow prevention assembly system testing and coordination of repairs to backflow assemblies.
    • Coordinate, supervise and administer all asbestos abatement activities.
    • Activities to ensure compliance with underground tank regulations.
    • Coordination of grease trap/sewage lift station pumping.
    • Coordination of grease trap pumping.
    • Provide technical assistance, plan review and inspections on new construction projects as they relate to the domestic water system.
    • Reviews and administers the Washoe County School District Water System Disturbance Permit which ensures all modifications to the District comply with all applicable regulations.
    • Lead and Asbestos:
      • On October 22, 1986, President Regan signed into law the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). This law required the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop rules to address asbestos issues in the nation's schools. The AHERA act required the inspection of all public and private school buildings for Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM). Development of an Asbestos Management Plan which identifies an asbestos location in school facilities, material condition, bulk sampling information, asbestos abatement project information and inspection findings
    • District Wide Facility Assessments:
      • All District owned/operated properties (elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and support facilities) receive a complete inspection every three years.  With that rotation, approximately one-third of the District's properties are evaluated each year.  The evaluation covers the entirety of the building and site and includes a review of the structural, electrical, mechanical and roof components.  These assessments enable us to discover the much needed repairs on an ongoing basis to determine how, when and where we will expend the dollars earmarked for maintenance purposes.